COLUMBUS, Ohio — U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday ordered troops to take the streets for the first time in their history, as the country prepares to celebrate Independence Day.
Obama and his cabinet have been discussing a number of options to make it official this year.
The move will mark the first official day of the holiday.
On Wednesday, Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with military leaders, are expected to visit a memorial to the 1776 armed rebellion that ousted the British crown prince, who had been in power since 1760.
In the weeks leading up to the holiday, officials have been planning for a number celebrations.
“We have a long way to go,” said Rep. Jeff Miller, a Michigan Republican who has sponsored legislation that would require the government to issue a national holiday and a day of prayer and reflection.
Miller said he expects to hear about other changes that would come as a result of the President’s holiday, including an increase in federal funding for public schools and a new national monument in western Washington.
Some of the measures will require congressional approval, he said.
One of those measures, which would allow military members to wear uniforms during military drills, is expected to become law this year, but some of the others, including a provision requiring the U.S.’s military to be deployed in the South China Sea and a requirement that the government recognize the country’s independence, will require legislation, Miller said.
There are a lot of things that are in place now that are working.
And I think the people in the military are really on board with what’s going on.
We’re really trying to make sure that we have the proper resources, the proper facilities, that the troops have the equipment, and that they have the training they need.
But we’re not there yet, Miller added.
A bill to create a new state park in West Virginia was approved by the state House and Senate in January and will go to Gov.
Earl Ray Tomblin.
But a House panel last week rejected a proposal to add the West Virginia National Memorial, which is the only national monument on the East Coast, to the list of places the U!
government can designate as national parks.
That prompted Tomblin to call the decision “a terrible decision” and said he is “not sure if we have a path to success here.”